Jefferson Speedway Race Report:

Johnson A Three Time Winner at Jefferson Speedway
By Andrew Schaller

JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, August 15, 2009) Casey Johnson of Stoughton became the only three time feature winner at Jefferson Speedway this past Saturday night by laying claim to the B&M Electric 50 lap Late Model main event.  Johnson charged to the front from the outside of row five to get the win.                

Starting alongside Allen Petrie, Ryan Zielski took the early lead on the opening lap with Chris Quam following into second. Johnson quickly made his way forward and into the top five on lap ten as the first of three cautions waved.  After the restart, Quam took a peek to the inside of Zielski for the top spot.  But his efforts were slowed for caution once again on lap 14.  As the green returned, Johnson dove to the inside of Dylan Schuyler to take away the third position and pull alongside Quam for the runner up spot.  But on lap 17, Quam’s accelerator stuck entering turn three, sending him hard into the outside wall and ending his evening.  Johnson used the restart to rifle under Zielski as he looked to lead.  Johnson grabbed the point a lap later and began to stretch his advantage while Schuyler maneuvered to second.  Johnson continued to dominate while the battle for second raged behind him.  Schuyler battled with Bob Kahler side by side while Jason Erickson and Kyle Jarlsberg watched from behind.  Schuyler eventually reclaimed the position for himself, but Johnson had checked out from the field on his way to the checkers.  At the stripe, it was Johnson for the win followed by Schuyler, Erickson, Kahler and Jarlsberg.                

In Sportsman action, it was Scott Riedner of Waunakee taking top honors in the 30 lap feature event.  Mike Acheson and Jim Assmann paced the field to green with Acheson commanding the early lead.  Brady Lilly moved up to challenge for the top spot, taking the position for himself on lap three.  Meanwhile, Jason Dunn was making his way forward bringing Riedner and Tory Bagley along with him.  Dunn found himself in second on lap five with Riedner knocking on his door in third.  Riedner fired under Dunn and stole the spot away on lap twelve, setting his sights on Lilly.  Bagley followed into third just as Riedner pulled up to Lilly’s rear bumper.  Bagley experienced mechanical difficulties on lap 16 and was forced to retire.  Riedner began to challenge Lilly for the lead on lap 17, pulling to the inside as they entered turn one.  Riedner chipped away at Lilly’s lead lap after lap until finally clearing for the top spot on lap 23.  Riedner cruised to the stripe for the win with Lilly, Chris Ehrhart, Dunn and Kody Hubred rounding out the top five.                 

Jefferson’s Chris Gottschalk captured the 20 lap International feature event.  Mike Lambert and Ken Hoff Jr made up row one at the drop of the green.  The pair battled side by side for the opening five laps until Hoff cleared for the lead down the backstretch.  Gottschalk, who started right behind Hoff, dove to the inside as they entered turn three.  Gottschalk took control of the point a lap later with Mark Dewey moving up to second.  Gottschalk opened up a healthy advantage over the field until caution waved on lap 18 when Dewey lost control in turns one and two and collected Chad Olds.  Gottschalk was able to hold on to the lead through the green/white/checkered finish to claim the win followed by Joe Cross, Matt McKinney, Rob Lange and Kyle Smith.                

Kyle Stark of Waterloo claimed the early lead and rode it to the win in the 25 lap Hobby Stock feature event.  Starting from the inside of row three, Stark quickly moved forward and entered into a three way battle for the lead with Mike Meyers and Kyle Chwala.  Stark grabbed control on lap three just before the caution waved a couple laps later.  Jimmy Robinson and Dustin Ward were slicing their way through the field and into the top five as the green waved once again over the field.  Robinson made his way to second on lap 12 with Ward in tow for third.  Ward got a good run on Robinson five laps later and stole the runner up spot for himself on lap 18.  Ward moved up to challenge Stark for the lead, but Stark remained strong and saw the checkers first for the win.  Ward was second with Steve Sauer, Jimmy Robinson and Johnny Robinson rounding out the top five.                

Point leader Kyle Watters of Stoughton increased his advantage by claiming the 20 lap Bandit feature event.  Keaton Hubred took the initial lead on lap one from the front row with Will Rece falling in behind for second.  Rece remained in Hubred’s tire tracks while Watters was flying to the front of the field.  Watters used the high groove to continue moving forward.  Watters quickly motored up to second on lap 13 and pulled up alongside Hubred for the lead.  Watters owned sole possession of the top spot on lap 16 as he drove off for the win.  Completing the top five were Hubred, Dave Schmidt, Travis Schneeberg and Rece.                     

Next Saturday, August 23, is a full program in all divisions highlighted by the King Collision 50 lap Late Model feature.  Also, the School Bus Jump of Death will take place during intermission.  Time trials begin at 5pm with racing at 7pm sharp.  Jefferson Speedway is located halfway between Jefferson and Cambridge on Hwy 18.  Please visit www.jeffersonspeedway.com for more information.        

Jefferson Speedway Race Summary
Late Model-
B&M Electric 50 lap Feature Results- 1) 5 Casey Johnson, Stoughton  2) 33 Dylan Schuyler, Jefferson  3) 94 Jason Erickson, Fort Atkinson  4) I Bob Kahler, Belvidere (IL)  5) 87 Kyle Jarlsberg, Jefferson  6) 21 Ryan Zielski, Oconomowoc  7) 99 Doug Hahn, Whitewater  8) 16 Luke Westenberg, Jefferson  9) 29 Scott Lindsay, Dousman  10) 27 Ty James, Oconomowoc  11) 97 Jason Schuler, Cambridge  12) 12 Allen Petrie, Sun Prairie  13) 44 Roger Behlke, Jefferson  14) 5 Dave Edwards, Salem  15) 71 Jason Deppe, Waterloo  16) 4 Luke Padfield, Jefferson  17) 4 Chris Quam, Stoughton  18) 97 Dan Heying
Fast Qualifier- 94 Jason Erickson—14.284 seconds
Last Chance- 71 Jason Deppe, 27 Ty James, 4 Luke Padfield, 5 Dave Edwards
Heat Winners- 1) 49 Tory Adams  2) 4 Luke Padfield  3) 61 Jerry Eckhardt  

Sportsman-
Feature Results- 1) 26 Scott Riedner, Waunakee  2) 22 Brady Lilly, Milton  3) 6 Chris Ehrhart, Deerfield  4) 71 Jason Dunn, Sun Prairie  5) 20 Kody Hubred, Utica  6) 4 James Helmer, Markesan
Fast Qualifier- 52 Tory Bagley—15.234 seconds
Heat Winner- 83 James Assmann  

International-
Feature Results- 1) 61 Chris Gottschalk, Jefferson  2) 67 Joe Cross, Sun Prairie  3) 95 Matt McKinney, Fort Atkinson  4) 135 Rob Lange, Jefferson  5) 90 Kyle Smith, Lake Mills  6) 05 Ashley Smith, Lake Mills
Fast Qualifier- 57 Mark English—16.623 seconds
Consolation- 22 Kyle Riedner, 16 Luke Westenberg
Last Chance- 4 Steven Scheel, 25 Darren Brown, 29 Brad Knapp, ONO Keith Bell, 29 Waylin Willman
Heat Winners- 1) ONO Keith Bell  2) 05 Ashley Smith  3) 35 Gary Stark  

Hobby Stock-
Feature Results- 1) 92 Kyle Stark, Waterloo  2) 9 Dustin Ward, Waterloo  3) 11 Steven Sauer, Waterloo  4) 33 Jimmy Robinson, Orfordville  5) 99 Johnny Robinson, Beloit  6) 1 Kyle Riedner, Waunakee
Fast Qualifier- 11 Steven Sauer—16.378 seconds
Last Chance- 1 Levi Cloute, 41 Nick Newton, 88 Roger Stephenson, 2 Brent Gergen
Heat Winners- 1) 1 Levi Cloute  2) 19 Zac Schmidt  3) 92 Kyle Stark  

Bandit-
Feature Results- 1) 17 Kyle Watters, Stoughton  2) 2 Keaton Hubred, Utica  3) 10 Dave Schmidt, Cudahy  4) 75 Travis Schneeberg, Cottage Grove  5) 15 Will Rece, Stoughton  6) 45 Matt Goodwin, Beloit
Fast Qualifier- 93 Heather Stark—14.330 seconds
Last Chance- 10 Jennifer Cloute, 31 Michael Heimann, 88 Andrew Kreklow, 02 Michelle Heimann
Heat Winners- 1) 31 Michael Heimann  2) 18 Scott Pauls  3) 99 Phil Wuesthoff

All photos courtesy of Ben Hallock.


Casey Johnson (5) shoots past Ryan Zielski (21) to win Late Model feature.


Scott Riedner (26) overtakes Brady Lilly (22) on the way to Sportsman feature win.


Ken Hoff Jr (07) gives up the point to Chris Gottschalk (61) during International main event.


In Hobby Stock feature, Kyle Stark (92) goes three wide on his way to the front.


Kyle Watters celebrates Bandit feature win in victory lane.